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Sunday, 16 November 2014 22:47 By Dave Jenkins
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Here is why Andrew Mwenda could try being a Christian pastor instead

On Sept.15, my good friend, Andrew Mwenda wrote in The Independent “AHA: A reply to “Christian” critics”.  He raises many good points that are both Biblical and represent historic Christian teaching.  Yet, I think a deeper discussion is merited.

Social media now shows us how deeply misplaced some theories of Christianity are.  Those commentaries miss what it means to be “Christian?”   Though our contemporary times frequently use the term, “Christian” it is only used in the Bible three times (Acts 11:26; 26:28; 1 Peter 4:16.)  Many scholars conclude the first usage of the word “Christian” was actually an insult to those who believed in Jesus of Nazareth’s resurrection.  The second time is when an imprisoned Paul tries to persuade King Agrippa to believe, and King Agrippa flippantly asks, “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?”  Lastly, Peter uses the word, “Christian” to explain suffering without shame.  Thus the very use of the name Christian should never entail a sense of towering over one’s opponent.  Instead to be “Christian” means coming to be near and suffer with those suffering.  It is in that relinquishment of hunger for human dominance that we become truly “Christian.”

 
Monday, 10 November 2014 06:45 By Kavuma-Kaggwa
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Former President Idi Amin Dada’s words fit perfectly into the behaviours of African president kicked out of power

African countries started to achieve Independence from European colonialists in 1960 although Ghana, in West Africa gained Independence on March 6, 1957. Many wonderful things have happened in Africa since Independence and how those who were affected reacted is full of humour.

The saying – “many wonderful things happen in Africa” started with former President, Gen. Idi Amin Dada at the OAU Heads of State Summit in 1976 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Amin wanted President Nyerere of Tanzania to shake his hand. Nyerere had refused to talk to Amin since 1971 when he (Amin) overthrew the Milton Obote government in Uganda.

When addressing the summit Amin quickly coined a joke and said – “My fellow African leaders, many things happen in Uganda, trees fall and they stand and we don’t import water”. He actually demonstrated how trees fell. Nyerere was sitting right in front of the podium, and when Amin moved to shake his hand, he burst wildly into laughter and straightaway stood up, and shook Amin’s hand. The entire Conference burst into laughter.

 
Sunday, 02 November 2014 22:29 By Abdul Tejan-Cole
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The world needs a flexible, adaptive, ethical, and transparent approach to treatment and prevention

The Ebola epidemic is threatening not only West Africans’ lives, but also the progress toward democracy, economic growth, and social integration that Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea have made in the last decade. In order to protect their achievements, the three countries’ governments, which comprise the Mano River Union, must buttress their response to the current epidemic with a coordinated strategy to prevent future outbreaks.

But they cannot do it alone. Though several experimental treatments and at least two candidate vaccines had been in development when Ebola emerged unexpectedly early this year, progress had stalled well before any were deemed ready to be tested in humans. After all, clinical research to assess the safety and effectiveness of new drugs and vaccines can happen only during an epidemic.

As health workers labour tirelessly to care for those who have been infected, monitor those who may have come in contact with the virus, and prevent further transmission, researchers have a limited window of opportunity to learn how to treat and prevent the disease. In order to accelerate progress, governance of the clinical trials must be transparent, and all knowledge about the disease, including developments regarding potential treatments and vaccines, must be shared openly – imperatives that will require strong public-health leadership in both the Mano River countries and the developed world.

 
Sunday, 02 November 2014 22:28 By Catherine K. Nabasirye
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Some lessons from the recently decided Nsenga case

Sex can change everything. Jackline Uwera Nsenga, 36, was on 23 September 2014 convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison for the murder of her husband Juvenal Nsenga, 48. According to the trial judge His Lordship Duncan Gaswaga, “the convict had not enjoyed her marriage especially in the last ten or so years. This was a family matter that went out of hand.” Among other marital problems, court was informed that couple did not sleep in the same bed though they lived in the same house. They did not greet each other nor discuss or do things together as husband and wife.

It appears that there was a rivalry love triangle where Jackie Uwera was competing with one Loretta Umutoni, 27, for the love of Juvenal Nsenga (deceased). Loretta was Mr. Nsenga’s niece. She was orphaned at an early age and raised by the Nsengas since 2001. Sometime in 2011, Uwera became uncomfortable with Loretta’s continued stay at home and asked her to leave. This was after she noticed that Loretta had become an insolent child who dressed skimply around her husband and often refused to greet or obey her. To make matters worse, Uwera intercepted an SMS text sent to Loretta by the deceased reading “I don’t hate you, I am just a little bit tired, I love you.”

Twelve days before Nsenga’s untimely death, Uwera was shocked to find Loretta back at the house. A frank discussion ensued among the three. Uwera reportedly said in an angry tone, “By the way I am capable of doing very many things that I myself am scared of the length I can go.” These are words she wishes to take back right now because court did not take them lightly in convicting her.

 
Monday, 27 October 2014 06:55 By Morris DC Komakech
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Government policies and spending key to achieving an HIV-free generation

The debate about a prospective HIV-free generation given the advent of WHO Option B+ attracts attention. Further probing of the idea may expose it as a distant utopia. To have an HIV-free generation, our communities must come to a convergence on reducing new infections.

HIV/AIDS is a disease left to wreak havoc among the destitute of the world. The wealthy and educated are surviving the scourge longer. Their children are able to avoid contracting the disease when compared to the children from impoverished communities. This explains why the global burden of HIV/AIDS is most prevalent in underdeveloped countries like Uganda.

To think about a prospect of an HIV-free generation, we have to see the big picture of the structure of governance, the quality of public policies and the distribution of critical resources necessary to secure prerequisites of health.  These forbearing conditions also shape how society places value on containing the HIV virus spread and caring for those living with the virus.

 

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